Bulletin 8/7/2022


LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                          Colleen Coughenour, liturgist

Thank you, dear Oceans. Thank you, dear Mountains. Thank you, dear Earth. Thank you, dear Animals. Thank you, dear Plants. Thank you, dear Minerals. Thank you, dear Water. Thank you, dear Air. Thank you, dear Sun. Thank you, dear Planet Earth. May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Fuji Sanctuary Japan
In remembrance of the atomic bombings Aug. 6-9, 1945

PRELUDE                           The River’s Song                                     HKJ

* OPENING SENTENCES                                        Meister Eckhart, c.1260-1328

            Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.   

* HYMN                         Great Is Your Faithfulness                             423


Let us prepare ourselves for the word of God as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture. Our hearts and minds are open.
          Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us. Thanks be to God.

MODERN  READING                                Gilda Radner, 1946-1989

from It’s Always Something

* HYMN                 God Moves in a Mysterious Way                               412              

SERMON                   Faith from a distance…           Rev. Ann Wynne-Phillips

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                                                            see insert

INTERLUDE                      Danzas Españolas #5                                     Granados

The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal is to:

  • Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives & in our world.
  • Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people.
  • Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.

Morning offerings may be brought forward and placed in the plates on the altar. You are invited to write your prayer requests on the sheets provided in the bulletin and bring them forward and place them in the basket on the altar. If you would like assistance, please turn to someone seated near you.

Offertory                                           Celebration                                    Løvland

* Words of Dedication                                                                                            Tracy

Sometimes love looks like small things. Gentle gestures rich with import. We give such things to one another at times without even realizing it. Tiny soul-saving acts.

* COMMUNION  HYMN                As the Grains of Wheat                              783         



Communion Prayer- Savior’s Prayer                                 

Fathering and Mothering God, lover of us all, most holy one.
Help us to respond to you
To create what you want for us here on earth.
Give us today enough for our needs.
Forgive our weak and deliberate offenses,
Just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.
Help us to resist evil and to do what is good.
For we are yours, endowed with your power to make the
world whole. Amen.

Blessing the Bread and Cup

Sharing the Meal

Prayer of Thanksgiving

* HYMN                        We Are Often Tossed and Driven                          444

* BENEDICTION                                                                   

*SUNG RESPONSE (please form a circle)

Weave, weave, weave us together;
weave us together in unity and love.
Weave, weave, weave us together;
weave us together, together in love.         

*POSTLUDE                              Psalm 19                               Marcello

Circle of Concern: Family from Colombia,Tony Larson, Emily Bell, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Yoko Nogami, All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff.


Communion This is a Communion Sunday. We are using the prepackaged individualcommunion servings. Please know that everyone iswelcome to participate in communion. Young people are invited toparticipate at the discretion of the adult(s) who have brought them.

The Communion Offering will be received. This offering is used to help people in the church and the community with basic needs such as rent and utility assistance, bus passes, prescriptions, etc. There has been heavy need for these funds. Please consider how you can help the community through this offering.

New Time for Weekly Labyrinth Walk  In August, labyrinth walks will return to Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome!

Thank you! Gratitude is expressed to Rev. Ann Wynne-Phillips for preachingthis morning! Ann works in the Spiritual Care services ofSuncoast Hospice and she and Heather park their RV here at thechurch.

Rev. Wells Away Kim will be back from vacation on Friday Aug. 12. If pastoral careis needed while she is away, please contact Patti Cooksey or theChurch Office.

Covid Supplies There is a table set up in the back of the sanctuary with masksand sanitizer. These supplies have been donated to the church.Please take what you can use. Thank you!

Operation Attack OA needs donations of cereal/oatmeal, mac and cheese, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, soup, and vegetables. Donations may be placed on shelf in hallway.

Toiletries for Celebrate Outreach Celebrate Outreach is a local ministry with people who are living without shelter in St. Petersburg. Needed: men’s and women’s underwear. (Men sizes 30, 32,34; and Women’s sizes 5,6, 7,8.) Also in high demand are socks of all kinds /sizes for both men & women.  Other needed items are Deodorant & disposable razors.

For the safety and comfort of all, please wear a mask. Thank you!

Lakewood United Church of Christ 2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712
727-867-7961 lakewooducc@gmail.com Lakewooducc.org
On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga

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